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President’s Message

Hello everyone. As we move ahead in 2018, and speaking for our Chamber team, I hope you can all look forward to a positive year of growth. I’d like to report on our Annual General Meeting that took place on March 20. A principal item on the agenda was the election of Directors. I am […]



U.S. Chambers supporting Canadian NAFTA renewal

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is getting NAFTA renewal support from two U.S. states. Both the California and Kentucky Chambers of Commerce appear to be supporting the renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trade between California and Ontario is extremely strong with an upward trajectory over the past five years. California […]



OCC – 2018 Election Platform

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has developed, in consultation with its members: Vote Prosperity, its proposed platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign. It is focused on providing Ontario with a strategy to leverage our advantages and strengthen our global competitiveness. Ontario is a great place to live and work, but the foundation of our […]



A Profitable But Untapped Labour Source

Businesses with 20 or more employees were required, to file a 2017 Accessibility Compliance report by December 31, 2017. While the report focuses on accessibility for your clients, we thought you would be interested in the positive experience of a major Canadian firm that utilizes the disabled as part of its workforce. Sodexo, one of […]



Canadian Chamber Report – Federal Budget

The 2018 Budget presents many interesting measures, but does not address the fundamental issues facing Canada’s economy. That from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Canadian business asked the government to focus on fundamentals like the growing competitiveness gap, the need to attract more private sector investment and presenting a realistic plan to balance the government’s […]



OCC calls upon government to Rescind Small Business Tax

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is rallying the province’s Chamber Network in 135 communities to call on the Ontario Government to remove two proposed tax reforms from the 2018 budget, reforms that will cost employers nearly half a billion dollars in new taxes. The Ontario Government announced in its 2018 budget that it will […]



2018 Pub Night

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. So, your Chamber has mixed in some of our members, added in a dash of great music and tasty hors d’oeuvres, and put together a great series of networking mixer, just right for becoming a bit more business casual and making some interesting connections. […]



Offset Measures Needed in Upcoming Budget – OCC

Ontario businesses are struggling with one of the largest wage increases in recent history, and it all comes with the continuing increase in the cost of doing business. To address the issue, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is recommending the government reinstate the scheduled corporate income tax rate from 11.5 per cent to 10 per […]



OCC Statement on Minimum Wage

There has been much discussion in recent weeks about the unintended consequences of Bill 148, the legislation that introduced a higher minimum wage in Ontario and extended numerous labour and employment standards provisions. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its members understand the intent of the legislation. But it also understands that evidence-based public […]



The Chamber Rewards Program

How does the program work? Chamber businesses will receive a card for each of their full time employees along with information on participating members and the reward they are providing. They simply show this card at participating businesses to receive the benefit or discount. Many of the businesses offering these benefits will be identified by […]



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